Columbus Day thought

I know — hardly original.  But Columbus thought he was sailing to the east Indies (east Asia), and was mistaken.  And the place he 'discovered' was in fact already populated, so actually his discovery was only relevant to a small portion of the world's civilization in 1492.

Plus apparently the Vikings had been to the Americas (as they would later be known) long before.

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  1. It was intensely relevant to those members of his crew and their families who were just a hairsbreadth ahead of the Inquisition. 1492 is notable for being the year the Jews were expelled from Spain (and then in 1497 from Portugal). There weren’t a whole lot of places they could go — Amsterdam, Venice, and Turkey being the main ones.